Why mindfulness in education?

Wellbeing is essential for learning. With mindfulness students are more focussed and more engaged learners.

 
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Meet Anna

She uses Smiling Mind to be a more mindful teacher and colleague. 

 
 
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1 in 7 primary aged children and 1 in 4 secondary aged children are experiencing mental health problems

Society is experiencing major and rapid changes and this is having an impact on the wellbeing of students.

The use of technology, smartphones and social media by children is affecting learning and there's more testing and pressure for students to perform.

 
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Wellbeing and learning can't be separated. One supports the other. 

Wellbeing underpins the way children feel about themselves and how they relate to others.

Wellbeing affects how children think, learn and engage. Mindfulness can help with wellbeing, bringing about strong improvements in attention.


1 in 5 Australian students are disengaged at school

Disengaged students are, on average, one to two years behind their peers.

It goes without saying that reduced engagement is related to reduced academic performance and to reduced career achievement later in life.

 
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Mindfulness is a skill for life.

Mindfulness can calm the mind, focus our attention4 and help us make the most out of life.  

Mindfulness is about focusing attention on the here and now, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Good mental health in childhood sets young people up for the future and their career.

Benefits

Mindfulness is a skill that can build the foundations for optimal student concentration and attention. A regular mindfulness practise can have positive benefits on both students and educator engagement.

 
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For Students

  • Self Awareness

  • Emotional Management

  • Attention and Concentration

  • Relationship Skills

  • Decision Making

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For Educators

  • Less Stress

  • Better Sleep

  • More Workplace Satisfaction

  • More Effective In The Classroom

  • Improved Student Relationships

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For Schools

  • Enhanced Teacher Engagement with Parents

  • Better Staff Workplace Satisfaction

  • More Effective Staff

 
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I'm convinced and I'm ready to bring mindfulness into my school.

We’re serious about the success of our mindfulness program in Australian schools, so we put our approach to the test.

In 2016, independent researchers evaluated the Smiling Mind program. This was one of the largest research programs worldwide evaluating a technology-assisted mindfulness meditation program in schools.

Researchers from Deakin University and InsightSRC surveyed 12 schools, 104 teachers and 1,853 students to assess the impact of the Smiling Mind mindfulness program.

The results indicated that our program can assist with students' sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and classroom school behaviour.

 
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Evidence Based Guidelines

Everything we do here at Smiling Mind is backed by evidence, which is why we’ve just released our Evidence Based Guidelines For Mindfulness in Schools. This document aims to provide school leaders, teachers and other stakeholders who wish to implement mindfulness programs into their school learning environment with a clear and concise review of the evidence and existing best practice within education. 

 
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What teachers are saying


“I love the Smiling Mind program. It's easy to use, the kids love it and it's at an appropriate level.”

- Sarah, Year 1 teacher, WA


"After our wonderful Smiling Mind PD at our recent Wellbeing Conference, a cohort of our teachers implemented the Smiling Mind program in their own classrooms three times a week."

- Paul, high school PE teacher, NSW



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